Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) has launched the SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund to provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. The Fund has launched with an initial $1 million, including a founding donation of $500,000 from the Festival’s benefiting charity, Florida International University’s (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, along with significant additional financial support from Founding Partners Bacardi USA, Badia Spices, Luxco, Mast-Jägermeister US, Shaw-Ross International Importers, and Voli 305 Vodka.
“The Festival’s success over the past two decades has been dependent on the support and participation of so many talented chefs, restaurant owners, and bartenders from our local community,” said Lee Brian Schrager, Founder, and Director, SOBEWFF®. “With the hospitality industry facing unprecedented devastation, it’s our turn to give back to the people in the industry who have been there for us, and we are prepared to come to their aid now when they need us the most.”
“We are so appreciative of existing partners like Badia Spices and Bacardi USA that have already stepped up to support this important effort, and know there are many more out there who are ready to do the same,” added Michael Cheng, dean of the Chaplin School. “Our educational mission to cultivate the future leaders of hospitality would not be possible without those current leaders and individuals – from chefs, servers, and hosts, to bartenders, sommeliers, and dishwashers – who work so hard day in and day out to support our students, and who feed and serve our community. We are happy to give back to our hospitality heroes in their time of need.”
For more information, to donate to the fund, or to apply for a relief grant, please visit www.sobewff.org/industry-